Florida is awash with incredible rides, dotted across the state’s top theme parks. So the question is, which parks and rides do you check out to guarantee hours of fun if you have a young family? For those under the age of ten, there’s no end to the thrills to be found in the Sunshine State.
Universal Studios has seen huge levels of expansion carried out in recent years, including the opening of the truly magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter. LEGOLAND Florida Resort has also proven to be a massive success among families, and let’s not forget the jewel in the crown of theme park land – Walt Disney World Resort.
The log flume is an old favourite among families and Splash Mountain is no exception – flumes don’t get much better than this. Nestled at the heart of Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom, Splash Mountain begins with a gentle meander along the ride’s river system, before your log boat is slowly drawn into darkness and flung down the drop at top speed. Prepare to be splashed â but it’s totally worth it!
If there’s one attraction that Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom is famed for, it’s the Kilimanjaro Safari. Jump into one of the ranger-driven open-top 4×4 vehicles and marvel at the incredible scenery and exotic animals you’ll encounter! Kids will love spotting their favourite creatures hidden in the undergrowth. Ever wanted to see an elephant, giraffe or a lion in a spectacular setting? Here’s your chance. For a taste of the African savannah and fantastic memories to boot, the Kilimanjaro Safari is not one to be missed.
For any kid who loves the idea of getting behind the wheel, the Tomorrowland Speedway at Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom gets a big thumbs up. Kids taller than the minimum height restriction of 81cm can hop into the driver’s seat and whizz around the track without adult supervision. Little ones can take a ride too, if an adult is driving. Get set for the ultimate racing ride!
Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
Introduced to Universal Studios Orlando in 2014, this Harry Potter-themed 3D experience is at the top of the family ride hit-list. A truly unforgettable experience, the simulator uses state-of-the-art technology to capture the feeling of plunging into the depths of the bank’s vaults featured throughout the Harry Potter series. You’ll swerve past Harry, Ron and Hermione, in an attempt to escape the Dark Lord. Needless to say, on this ride Harry Potter fans will be in their element.
LEGOLAND’s project X mini coaster
Not just for little kids, LEGOLAND Florida Resort features coasters perfect for young thrill-seekers. Our top pick? It has to be the Project X mini coaster. Scaling up and whooshing down at wild speeds, kids ride Project X in life-size LEGO TECHNIC vehicles, which spin along the track. One for the brave, your 10 year olds will nevertheless love the adrenaline-inducing experience of riding Project X!
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